I’ve been involved with TechMeetup for a while now. In 2010 I presented a couple of evenings then in 2011 I was the main presenter in Edinburgh, finding speakers and presenting the evening. Since then I haven’t needed to do much – others like Douglas, Dale, Marius and Phil have taken over active roles and done a great job at organising Edinburgh Events.
I’ve decided it’s time to officially move on tho. Many people still associate me with Tech Meetup and I feel I should be clear that I’m not involved anymore. I don’t expect this to change anything – every TechMeetup event I’ve been to recently has been great, and I expect that to continue.
So what will I be doing? I’ll carry on working on Open Tech Calendar. I’m working on a spin off platform called Has A Calender that lets anyone have the same wiki calendar platform for their own group or interest. This has driven lots of improvements, and I hope to launch a new version of Open Tech Calendar in a month or so (Late Dec 2013).
I also want to encourage the tech community as much as possible, and especially those who don’t normally feel part of the tech community. If anyone wants to talk about tech events or how we can build the local community for everyone please get in touch – I’m happy to talk to anyone about what we can all do to support each other.
So thanks to everyone at TechMeetup – I learnt a lot in my time there and had fun, and I look forwards to a bright future for TechMeetup and the tech community in general.
An evil twitter bot that searches for people posting things like “Only 5 more followers until we have 500, please RT!”. It then follows them and waits a couple of days before replying with “Quality is more important than quantity. *unfollow*” – and unfollowing.
I won’t do this, but thought I’d mention it …
Recently people have been passing round a “realistic unemployment simulator” game. Its a fun little game.
But its not great in that its very simplistic about the issues and thus very polarising. Its unlikely to make anyone who thinks the benefit crackdown is a good thing change their mind or even think about it seriously. It’ll widen the gap between those on different sides of the political argument, not shrink it.
Could we make an actually realistic unemployment simulator game that would make those who have never been in this situation begin to understand what it’s like and really think about it instead of reaching for political slogans? Continue reading
I’ve put together a calendar to list all the Edinburgh Farmers’ Markets. Having them all in one place makes it easy to see what is going on, and you can export the data into your own personal calendar. So if your local market is monthly (like in Juniper Green) you can have a easy reminder of when it’s next on. Continue reading
You go to a website, give it a RSS feed from a WordPress or some other blog (the RSS feed could be one tag or category only, not the whole blog) and the website will automatically keep a “X Days Since Whatever” page for you, with a big number at the top and a list of your most recent blog posts underneath.
Now everyone can set up a site like “Has DC Done Something Stupid Today?” with no programming skills needed!
I’m an Android user and developer, but I’m not a fanatic about it. There are somethings I think Android does better than iOS, and some things I think iOS does better than Android.
One of the things I think iOS does better than Android is app permissions. Currently, in Android the users have to accept all permissions at once at install time. Continue reading
I made a game. It’s already got some great comments and 5 star reviews. It’s completely free and available as a web app and an Android app – play Progress Bar: The Game now.
I recently wanted an Android shake detection library and came across lots of examples like this which are great for explaining the basics of how the sensor system works. Unfortunately, what they detect is simply a fast acceleration. Simply passing the phone to someone else quickly could trigger a “shake”. So let’s develop a better one.
It’s common to see people advertising a website on a domain they own like mydomain.co.uk yet advertise an email address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org instead of email@example.com, which is insane. Continue reading